RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 40813351 LA English T1 Birthing a nation : gender, creativity, and the West in American literature A1 Rosowski, Susan J., PB University of Nebraska Press PP Lincoln YR 1999 SN 0803239351 9780803239357 AB "Birthing a Nation is about national identity and the American West. If it is a truism that facing west was the American male version of invoking the Muse, what happened if you were female? Most past interpretations of western American literature have echoed Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier hypothesis, emphasizing the conflict of wilderness and civilization, the hero of rugged individualism, the act of returning to origins and reemerging as the reborn American Adam. In this reading of western American women writers who responded to the challenge to give birth to a nation, Susan J. Rosowski proposes an alternative, more hopeful affirmation of our culture history and perhaps our cultural destiny."--Jacket.